Lar Corbett: his movement will prove a real threat to Kilkenny’s defence again. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Shea’s men to confirm the impression of the first day – that their top gear is ultimately higher than Kilkenny’s

 Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy and Brian Hogan get to grips with Patrick Maher of Tipperary during the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Draw was a fair result after majestic display by both sides

Kilkenny’s Padraig Walsh is chased down by Tipp’s Kieran Bergin

On a day when even small influences can prove vital Eamon O’Shea’s team can find key footholds in an impossibly even match

 Tipperary’s Lar Corbett (left) reaches for the ball as  Lorcán McLoughlin of Cork tries to challenge. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Supremacy over an out-of-touch Cork runs throughout entire All-Ireland SHC semi-final contest

“Midfield is  another area of big improvement for Cork this year,” says Nicky English. “They were comprehensively outplayed by Clare at midfield in last year’s All-Ireland final so they went away and produced Aidan Walsh (right)”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Expect the scores to flow in an open encounter but powerful engine room can tip the balance for Rebels

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Nicky English: Limerick conceded goals at the worst time and couldn’t goal themselves

The likes of Kevin Downes will have to step up and take on Kilkenny’s defence at Croke Park.  Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster finalists will have to fire on all cylinders to get the better of Brian Cody’s men who are so comfortable in Croke Park

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It couldn’t be set up better for Tipperary but strictly on form they still have a lot to do

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter fends off Clare’s Darach Honan. Nicky English believes the absence of Rossiter or Liam Óg McGovern would represent a serious blow for Wexford’s ambitions against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Liam Dunne’s side have the momentum to get past Limerick while Tipperary should prove too strong for struggling Dublin

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